Tetsuya Nomura has provided an explanation in regards to the graphics style of the forthcoming next-generation action role-playing game, “Kingdom Hearts 3.” According to a report by Kotaku on Oct. 17, the game director revealed that the “Kingdom Shader” has been planned for the series since the very first game.
However, the Playstation 2 system did not have enough processing power for the development team to change the lighting. As a result, the visual style had to be created with textures. The PS4 and Xbox One give the developers at Square Enix more power to enable the “Kingdom Shader,” which helps render the graphics in the sequel with a “brushwork-like style” to resemble the Disney animated movies. You can check out some screenshots from “Kingdom Hearts 3” in the slideshow near the top of this article and the explanation from Tetsuya Nomura below (courtesy of Kotaku):
Ever since the first game, we've strived for a Disney-like brush quality in the graphic gradations. At the time, the [PlayStation 2] didn't have the processing power to allow us to freely adjust the lighting, so we had to make the brush-like visuals as textures. But the new hardware has become much more capable, so there is no 'no using lights' option. You can't get a real feeling of evolution by just making the standard graphics into HD, and I thought that simply recreating the pre-rendered movies from Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II isn't the direction we should be going for the series in the next generations, so the 'Kingdom Shader' was born.
“Kingdom Hearts 3” will be the last game in the current plotline of the series. The sequel was initially announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo. A new trailer was also recently shown off at the D23 Expo convention that was held in Japan.
Despite the latest reveals for “Kingdom Hearts 3,” Square Enix has not yet committed to an official release date time frame for the PS4 and Xbox One action role-playing game. You can pre-order the products from Amazon in the following links: “Kingdom Hearts 3,” PS4 and Xbox One